Most political parties can’t afford to criticise the Supreme Court’s 3:2 verdict upholding EWS quota. Therein lies the problem with this hot-button issue. The minority view by two judges, including the outgoing CJI UU Lalit, gives much fodder and can become the subject of another round of litigation in review.
BJP retains seats in Odisha, Bihar, puts regional parties on alert
BJP retaining its seats in Odisha and Bihar and losing one in Telangana with a thin margin in assembly bypolls must alarm regional parties. BJP is determined to expand at their cost. Congress losing three seats it contested, including two that it held, shows it’s lost the stamina to fight.